Home secretary Amber Rudd just about clings onto seat in Hastings

 
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Home secretary Amber Rudd has just about held onto her seat in Hastings & Rye, with the final result confirmed after two recounts.

Her brush with defeat comes despite having been one of the strongest performers for the Conservatives during the election campaign.

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Rudd has only been an MP since 2010, but rose rapidly to become a member of the Conservative government's frontbench team under David Cameron.

She was named home secretary by Theresa May, with Rudd stepping up from her previous brief of energy secretary.

An exit poll released last night suggested the Conservatives are on track of lose their majority, despite remaining the UK's largest political party.

Early results suggest the exit poll may have understated Tory support in some places, but the Conservatives also missed out on notable targets in early results including Darlington and Wrexham.

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